CVA Successfully Pressures 3 Senators To Co-Sponsor VA Management Accountability Act
Senators Take Important First Step, Now It Is Time For Real Action from Harry Reid
Arlington, Va. –Within hours of Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) launching a nationwide advocacy campaign urging senators to co-sponsor the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act (S. 2013, companion to HR 4031), Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) all agreed to co-sponsor the legislation.
This is a sign of the increasing pressure from all Americans on our elected officials to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the pressure will likely grow stronger with the recent release of the VA’s preliminary inspector general report on the current VA scandal, which confirms misconduct at the Phoenix VA and up to 42 VA facilities nationwide.
“We are thankful that Senator Mark Warner, Senator Mark Pryor, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen have all finally co-sponsored S.2013, which is an important bipartisan piece of legislation that is needed to reform the VA. We now urge them to demand Senator Harry Reid allow a vote on the VA Management Accountability Act (S.2013) as a standalone bill and in its current form,” said Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.
Starting with the launch of a VA Accountability Project in February, CVA has directly and repeatedly contacted every senator targeted by this multi-media campaign –urging co-sponsorship of S.2013. This outreach included emails, phone calls, and attempts for face-to-face meetings with senators and/or staff from each office.
Online and television ads urging senators to co-sponsor S.2013 will continue to target Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Harry Reid (D-NV) – none of whom have agreed to cosponsor the VA Management Accountability Act in its standalone form.
Additionally, CVA will continue to thank members who were some of the first sponsors and cosponsors of the VA Management Accountability Act with “thank you” ads. These members include Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Richard Burr (R-NC), as well as Congressmen David Scott (D-GA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL).
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